Emirates, the world’s largest buyer of Airbus A380 aircraft, is exploring engine options for a batch of 50 additional superjumbos, handing Rolls-Royce Holdings Plc an opportunity to unseat a General Electric Co. and Pratt & Whitney joint venture that powers the existing jets.
“A decision has not been made at this time on which engine will be used for the new A380s,” Emirates said in an e-mailed statement today. The selection “is under consideration and will be made soon.”
The first 90 A380s that Emirates has ordered, with 39 delivered, are powered by GP7200 turbines built by the GE joint venture with United Technologies Corp.’s Pratt unit, giving the so called Engine Alliance a market-share lead on the superjumbo. Rolls-Royce has secured deals from a broader range of A380 operators, including Qantas Airways Ltd.
The London-based engine maker has been working on an update of its Trent 900 offering for the A380 to boost reliability and improve fuel burn, called EP2 or Enhancement Package 2. The upgrade will be available from next year, Rolls-Royce has said.
The Engine Alliance, which is exploring options for an upgrade to its GP7200 from next year, will introduce smaller part enhancements for new and existing turbines to improve reliability and long-term performance, said Dean Athans, the head of the consortium. These should address the cause of an in-flight GP7200 shutdown Emirates experienced this year.
jtb,....Interesting cliché, like sell in May and go away. But, I doubt the market is going to move based on ancient superstitions or the calendar. Fundamentals like earnings, revenues, job numbers, dividends, interest rates, housing starts, car production, and future expectations will trump clichés......Kid
golfer,......Predicting market action is risky, there are too many unknowns that can move the market in either direction. In today's interest rate environment, the market looks better than a CD or other financial instrument. I took a mandatory distribution on May 12 from my UTC 401K, at that time UTX was at 118.63 and the DOW was at 16,695. Since May 12, UTX is down 11% and the DOW is down less than 1%. So, UTX has been underperforming and disappointing. UTX still has solid financials, but, is not a sexy stock like FB or CELG or TSLA. TSLA is way overvalued and Elon Musk is the new P.T. Barnum. I'm betting against TSLA, if it goes down, I make a profit. Good luck to all, including W2B......Kid
airborne....................Dyslexics of the world, untie. I was hoping that market action would buy my condo furniture, I have to be patient. I feel like the Ronald Regan story about 2 guys going to the racetrack, one guy says to the other, "I hope I break even, I need the money". Last year, I was in Istanbul, Turkey and there were remnants of a hippodrome from 2000 years ago, where they had chariot races, we still do that. They also had colosseums to entertain the public, we still do that. We still have the need of entertaining distractions I think that the stock market is my distraction.......Kid
United Technologies Corporation (UTX) has been on a bit of a cold streak lately, but there might be light at the end of the tunnel for this overlooked stock. And for technical investors there is some hope when looking at UTX given that, according to its RSI reading of 27.78, it is now in oversold territory.
RSI stands for ‘Relative Strength Index’ and it is a popular indicator used by technically focused investors. It compares the average of gains in days that closed up to the average of losses in days that closed down; readings above 70 suggest an asset is overbought, while an RSI below 30 suggests undervalued conditions are present.
Yet, UTX’s low RSI value isn’t the only reason to have some optimism over a coming turnaround, as there has been plenty of positive earnings estimate revision activity as of late. This is especially true when investors take a deep dive into some of these estimate revision stats and recent changes to United Technologies’s earnings consensus.
Over the past two months, investors have seen 2 earnings estimate revisions move higher, compared with just none lower, at least when looking at the key current year time frame. And the consensus estimate for UTX has also been on an upward trend over the past 60 days, as estimates have risen from $6.83/share two months ago to just $6.84/share right now.
If this wasn’t enough, United Technologies also has a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) which puts it into rare company among its peers. So, given all of these factors, investors may want to consider getting in on this stock now (or holding on), as there are some favorable trends that could bubble up for this stock before long.
What is more, the company saw growing revenues. In fact, it saw sales of $17.2 billion, an increase of 7 percent over last year, reflecting the benefit of organic growth. Strangely, second-quarter segment operating profit decreased 15 percent over the prior-year quarter. This was primarily due to restructuring costs and onetime items. Excluding these items, segment operating profit grew 8 percent with 90 basis points of operating margin expansion.
Looking ahead, the company seems to be doing well. So well, in fact, that guidance was raised slightly, but the Street is giving United Technologies no love here. The company expects earnings per share of $6.75 to $6.85, up from $6.65 to $6.85 previously. Further, cash is in great shape. Cash flow from operations was $1.7 billion and capital expenditures were an investable $406 million in the quarter.
The company also is increasing shareholder value with its Share repurchasing. United Technologies repurchased $335 million worth of stock. I think the present selloff is an opportunity to get long the stock, considering the performance. While growth could be stronger, the company beat earnings estimates and revenue estimates handily. I suspect the stock will not stay depressed for long.
Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT) topped second-quarter earnings estimates Tuesday and raised its full-year profit outlook on changes to its pension plan.
The defense giant's Q2 earnings rose 4.4% to $2.76 a share, its third quarter of decelerating growth. But that beat analyst estimates by a dime. The increase in earnings came from a rise in pension income. Revenue dipped 1% to $11.3 billion, above estimates for $11.
The market can be a humbling experience. I plan on buying UTX today, wait for the dead cat bounce. CELG, FB, F, RCL and a few other stocks are all doing well for me this year. UTX needs to turn on the afterburners.
That's awesome! Praise Elon! He's the best thing since sliced bread and clean underwear,........Kid
LONDON (Reuters) - Executives at aircraft engine maker Pratt & Whitney said a fault on the engines for Bombardier's CSeries planes was to do with a seal in the oil system that would require a relatively minor adjustment, and not to do with the low pressure turbine.
The company, a division of United Technologies Corp , makes the engine for Bombardier's CSeries narrow-body plane, but the aircraft has been grounded since late May after a major engine failure in testing.
"The issue is a seal problem in the oil system. The fan-drive gear system is rock solid," Pratt Commercial Engines President David Brantner told journalists at a briefing ahead of the Farnborough air show.
He said it was not anything to do with the low pressure turbine, after some initial reports had suggested that was the case, and also said it was not linked to the engine failure on the F-35 fighter jet, which is also grounded and will not be flying at the air show on Monday as planned.
Graham Webb, the company's chief engineer for commercial engines, said it was a relatively minor adjustment for the CSeries engine. "We will have them back up and flying in the very near future but we have to ensure the validation is robust," he said.
Bombardier hopes to dominate the 110- to 149-seat plane market with the CSeries, built with lightweight composite materials and other technologies designed to reduce fuel burn, noise and operating costs.
It said on Saturday that Falko Regional Aircraft Limited, a lessor based in Britain, had signed two letters of intent to buy up to 24 CS100 jets, the first new CSeries deal announced since the first quarter. It is not clear whether Bombardier will be announcing any major orders during the air show.
Pratt said it expected the airshow would bring its order total so far this year to 6,000 engines, from 5,500 before the show started.
Separately on Sunday, Pratt's Canadian unit signed a deal for its PWC150C turboprop engine to power the new MA700 regional turboprop aircraft being launched by AVIC Xi'an Aircraft Company of China.
Sumo,.............You're way too bearish. Back in the day, people used to have a strong identification with their employers and tended to stay with them for decades. The employers provided security, insurance, pensions and many other benefits. Not anymore, and, it isn't just PWA (people walking around), it is the new economic realities. So, suck it up and with the flow. Admittedly, UTX stock has been dead money for a while, but, still a keeper. I would say that aircraft engines have never been more "dependable" than they are today. The B-777 can carry about 400 passengers 10,000 miles on two engines, very impressive. Pratt has a good franchise with the V-2500 and has bought Rolls' interest in the V-2500. The GTF has very good potential and Pratt's military business is very good........Kid
Australia's newest and most expensive defence technology acquisition, the high-tech F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, has been grounded in the US where it is being built, after one of the stealth bombers experienced an unexplained engine fire.
Australia is expected to take possession of its first two JSFs within weeks - more than two years after they were originally planned to be delivered.
The fire is the latest of a series of problems with the controversial single-engined aircraft which has suffered avionics and software issues and attracted harsh criticism from experts for being too slow, unmaneuverable, and likely to be superseded by the time it comes on line.
The US military, which is still in the pre-service stage as it assesses the capabilities and limitations of the aircraft, has decreed all F-35s must remain on the ground until the cause of the pre-take-off fire - in which the pilot was not injured - is identified.
Australia has signed up for at least 58 of the Lockheed Martin planes to form the backbone of the country's air-defence force. Another squadron of 24 is also likely.
It is expected that the purchase bill for those will exceed $12.4 billion with maintenance costs likely to be even greater.
The Defence Minister, David Johnston, is expected to travel to the US shortly to receive the first of the planes officially.
A spokesman for Senator Johnston said the government was made aware of the fire "immediately", and said the engine difficulties would not alter Australia's acquisition timetable.
"The 'engine concerns' you refer to will not affect the purchase of 58 aircraft," the spokesman told Fairfax Media in response to questions.
He said the Pratt & Whitney-powered aircraft was performing well and would be highly suited to Australia's needs.
"To date the JSF aircraft has accrued 15,000 flight hours. While the F35 engine has successfully completed nearly 32,000 hours of testing, availability has remained steady at about 98 per cent.
"Single-engine fighters are operated by many air forces and Defence remains confident the F-35 JSF will be reliable and safe."
He added that Senator Johnston retained "full confidence in the JSF program" including in its handling of the current problem relating to the fire.
However, a source close to the program said the planes were too expensive and were beset with too many problems.
The source said the basic problem was the single engine which meant power failure automatically resulted in the loss of the $120 million plane if an engine broke down in flight.
Proponents of the F-35 say one of its greatest selling points is its claimed "inter-operability" which means its super-sophisticated computer and combat systems can "talk" to other planes and ground-based assets allowing for greater co-ordination.
But the source said it had never achieved these goals and was lagging behind in testing which explained why not one single F-35 was in service in the US.
According to Reuters news agency, the grounding has thrown into doubt plans for the F-35 to feature in two British air shows later this month.
In a prescient move, former defence minister Brendan Nelson overruled military advice during the last years of the Howard government to order FA18 Hornets to make up for a capability gap if the F-35 proved problematic.
W2B,......There you go again, the Fed doesn't "give our money" to anyone. The Treasury has done well with the TARP program, making many $ billions on the loans.
Audi '15 A8 Is a 868-Mile-Range Tesla-Killer, and Diesel Is the Secret
BY Anton Wahlman Follow | 06/30/14 - 09:00 AM EDT
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- Are you in the market for a $100,000 limo that can go 868 miles without stopping, and that can be refueled 100% in five minutes? Audi has good news for you.
I recently had the opportunity to drive the 2015 Audi A8, which is a large limousine with four-wheel drive as standard, ideal for snow and the mountains. It is Audi's new flagship sedan, and it has an amazing range and ability to refuel from any of almost 100,000 U.S. stations in just a few minutes
946,.......I believe that UTX is a good place to be, it's not a rocket ship, but has solid performance. I'm in Florida, just bought a condo with a great water view yesterday. I plan to be in FL for 6+ months to establish residency, escape CT winters, state income and estate taxes. You may recall that I had a wager with webrand that fuel cells would not be profitable in my lifetime. So far, I'm in the money. Dilemma today is that both Portugal and the US are playing soccer at the same time. We should do some beers sometime......Kid.